Feature Articles

  1. Retail IT VAR Of The Future Preview: 4 Parts Of The Retail IT Ecosystem
    3/2/2015

    Business Solutions Retail IT VAR Of The Future Conference, May 12-13, at Bally’s Las Vegas, will present an in-depth look at four topics: POS-as-a-Service, mobile point of sale (POS), Payment Security and EMV, and customer experience.

  2. 6 Essential Steps To Managed Backup Success
    11/6/2014

    A couple hours of downtime can do a lot of damage — just ask any major retailer or small business owner. It means lost revenues, loss of customers — and the permanent loss of data. Combine that with the estimated cost of downtime for a small-to-midsize business (SMB) — a staggering $12,500 a day — and you’ve got an invoice that few organizations can afford to pay.

  3. The Essential Guide To Managed Backup
    10/27/2014

    The cost for each day of downtime for an SMB is a staggering $12,500 1 . That is a price tag that few small business owners can afford to pay and is the reason that managed service providers need to make sure they have a strong backup offering for their customers. Even a couple of hours downtime could cause your customers to experience lost revenue, lost customers and the permanent loss of data.

  4. 6 Reasons You Have To Sell Backup and Disaster Recovery Software
    10/2/2014

    Making a BDR plan requires your customer to take a long, hard look at their businesses, at their processes, software, and more. If your clients want to backup their data and services and then be able to recover them quickly if there’s a disaster, they need to know where that data is, what those services are, and to be able to priori­tize them.

  5. Why You Need Backup And Disaster Recovery
    8/13/2014

    Let’s get this out right here at the beginning: at some point down the road, your data is going to be in danger. It could be a machine error. It could be a virus. It could be a tornado the size of Nebraska. But sooner or later, you’re going to be in a situation where you’re at risk of losing some or all of your data.

  6. Managed Or DIY Backup: Talk To Your Customers About Options
    6/9/2014

    Many businesses rely on partner companies to assist them with their technology needs. This relationship helps the business focus on what they do best and on what they understand, without the need to build an internal IT organization to support all of their tech- nical needs.

  7. Cat 8 Cable A High-Performance But Economical Solution To Data Center’s Need For High Bandwidth
    5/30/2013

    While “Category 8,” the classification for the next-generation twisted-pair cabling specifications, is still in the development stage, the outlook looks quite positive that it will be specified to 2 GHz, four times today’s bandwidth of 500 MHz, promising a new copper speedway for data centers in the not-too-distant future.

  8. The Business Case For Cloud Backup For SMBs
    5/29/2013

    Data protection and disaster recovery are more important than ever, especially for small to midsized businesses (SMBs), which are reliant on access to their data and applications. Even a few hours of downtime can significantly impact productivity, sales, customer confidence and reputation.

  9. A Roadmap to High-Value Cloud Infrastructure: Data Storage Expansion
    4/30/2013

    As discussed in our prior installment, while there is no “one-size fits all” path to cloud infrastructure adoption, a roadmap can ease and simplify the transition to cloud while minimizing IT disruption. More importantly, a phased approach (as shown in the figure below) enables organizations to take advantage of on-demand infrastructure sooner than later, leveraging scalability, cost advantages and rapid deployment capabilities of cloud.

  10. The Business Case For Cloud Backup For SMBs
    4/30/2013

    Data protection and disaster recovery are more important than ever, especially for small to midsized businesses (SMBs), which are reliant on access to their data and applications. Even a few hours of downtime can significantly impact productivity, sales, customer confidence and reputation.